Digital literacy´s

So do I have some digital literacy’s? I don´t know, I´m too busy just to keep up and keep me connected all of the time. It takes some time just to keep track of your relatives and friends on Face book, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn. Then you trying to keep with the news and read perhaps two or three different news channels and then there is weather forecast, and what have the kids had to lunch today at school and have the kids sign in at school and have I synced my smart bracelet – how many steps have I walked today? How about my email in the five different accounts I have. And I just have to check in on eBay to look if there is something I need (or don´t). So it´s nearly a fulltime job just to keep up with the news, the e-mails and connecting to friends and relatives. Above all these you should write something on your blog and on your own homepage. So when shall you actually do some work?

I believe that to some people it´s important to make a difference between professional and private use of the Internet. But I don´t know if that is so important to me. I don´t think it´s possible to have your private and professional life separated, I think they all mix up on the Internet. For an example, if you Google on my name first you find some pages at my work at Blekinge Institute of Technology, then there is some pages with my home address, some pictures of me (and some that is defiantly not me), me in the PBL network, some announcement about birth of my children, ONL162, some report I have written, my PhD-thesis, some bachelor-thesis I have supervised, some conference I have attended and so on. A mix between private and professional life and that´s how it is on the Internet.

A Google on my name can look like this – a mix of private and professional

No, I don´t think it´s a good idea to have private contact with students, but I think it´s impossible to image that you can keep your private life away from your professional.

So do I have some digital literacy’s? Well not in the way that my children (now 6-9 years of age) will have since they have and will grow up with the Internet in a way I haven´t. I got my first computer in 1985 and I got my first peek at Internet in 1992-1993, but I didn´t quite understand the Internet then. I became a frequent Internet-user in 1996 and during my first years I even had some short course on how to search and use the Internet for teachers and researches when I was a PhD-student.

If you look at the “theory” of  “visitors and residents” on the Internet explained by White et al (2011) I see it as you constantly move from visitor to resident as well between personal and institutional (professional) on the Internet, there is no visible borders in between. I do think that your private and professional life influence and interact with each other in the real life, so why shouldn´t also do so on the Internet.

From David White et al.


White, D. & Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).

David White: Visitors and residents (part 1)

David White: Visitors and residents – Credibility (part 2)

3 thoughts on “Digital literacy´s”

  1. I think, when I read your reflections in your blog, that the model of Visitors and Residents is a very useful typology for approaching and understanding online behavior. Kek and Huijser (2015) highlight as you (my interpretation) a holistic approach to PBL-based learning with blurred boundaries between formal and informal learning environments, between work and study, public and private spaces etc. They argue that as a teacher you no longer are facilitating students so they can perform but we must also ensure that they are being socialized (take risks, reason critically, reflect, be resourceful and autonomous) as they are going to work and live in a world of uncertainties. Yes, there is something in this.

    Kek, M., & Huijser, H. (2015). 21st century skills: problem based learning and the University of the Future. Paper Third 21st Century Academic Forum Conference, Harvard, Boston, USA, at accessed 6 October 2016.

    1. I thinking about being a ”resident” – then some of your personal life inevitable become ”public” too.

  2. I see your point, Mats! And I think perhaps we are not contradicting each other when speaking about difficulties in separating private and professional use. I just think you are so much more active than some of us, me for instance, and being active (some kind of resident behavior to put the etikett) perhaps demands to mix the private and the professional use? For me, who has been very sparsely occupied with all these programs you mention above, I can really feel how this professional initiative comes crawling in to my personal sphere, now that I have started using them a bit more.
    But understand me correctly, I really do agree with you, I think that the more you engage digitally, the more the private and professional ”rooms” float together. At least if you do not only engage on a private arena, of course…


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